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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 6, 2007 5:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the unbelieving atheist chimes in

If it’s ok I’d like to chip in here with my unbelieving atheist’s perspective.

Some people are without doubt more creative that others – that’s only to be expected as a natural genetic variation within the population. But creativity is no good without practice. Jerry Garcia was a creative musician but he was also absolutely dedicated to practising, learning chords and scales until he could play them backwards, forwards and inside out. Familiarity with the form gave him the freedom to express any musical idea that entered his head. Without the long hours of practise the creativity would have had no outlet. Expertise comes with effort.

The idea that midnight sun expresses of not being ‘consciously in control’ doesn’t mean that the musician is being guided by some ‘infinite consciousness’ or any other outside force. What it means is that long hours of practise have ingrained the finger positions and movements the musician needs to make in order to produce the sounds desired into muscle memory so he/she can do it without thinking about it. It’s like learning to ride a bike – once you’ve mastered it you just ride with no thought to the action involved at all.

If I’m going to slot myself into one of your categories, Jerrob (and I just hate to do that) then I guess it would be that of the rational egoist. Civilization didn’t come about through compassion or being nice to each other but from the realization that belonging to a tribe whose members worked together gave you more chance of survival than trying to make it on your own. Without settled agricultural communities providing the basic needs of food and shelter there would have been no time to learn and practise new skills and no civilization.

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Dec 6, 2007 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the unbelieving atheist chimes in

Thank you.